Welcome to CWEE

Empowering families to become self-supporting since 1982

The Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE), is Colorado’s first 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that assists low-income single families in gaining the skills and education necessary to transition off of public assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, TANF), and gain long-term employment. CWEE’s purpose is to reduce poverty in Colorado by creating self-supporting families.

Featured Participant

Bruce is a husband and father of two who disclosed his passion for the food service industry when he enrolled in CWEE. Bruce had left the food service industry quite some time ago to pursue a higher paying JOB with more consistent hours, but this JOB was not in an industry he was passionate about. He recognized that he could easily gain a well-paying supervisor position in a warehouse, but this didn't motivate him. It wasn't his passion, a position in a warehouse would have just been another JOB.

Instead, Bruce utilized the career exploration opportunities at CWEE, his personal network, related job training workshops and mock interviews with hospitality recruiters to pursue his CAREER in the food service industry.

Bruce had this to say about his overall experience at CWEE, "CWEE has helped me learn and understand the hiring process better. The staff is very knowledgeable and supportive.  I feel empowered to make my career path both professionally and personally. I feel strongly that the path I am heading on now is better suited to who I am and not just what I think I need to do or am expected to do."

In less than two months from enrolling at CWEE, Bruce started his CAREER in food service. Bruce gained employment as a restaurant supervisor with one of CWEE's employer partners, Sage Hospitality, one of the U.S's top hospitality management, investment and development companies, who also happens to have its headquarters in Denver. Bruce now has a CAREER and not just a JOB - congrats Bruce and best wishes for continued success!

Featured Partner

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” ― Helen Keller


CWEE partnered with our neighbors to the west to bring an interactive career exploration experience to our career seekers. Denver Water and Mortenson Construction hosted CWEE’s employment services team and career seekers for an inside look at their industries and the diverse career opportunities that exist. Attendees were able to network with industry professionals over a catered lunch, then enjoyed an overview of the history of Denver Water before having a Q & A session with members of the human resources team, hiring managers and employees before taking a tour of the construction site currently occurring at Denver Water. The group also learned about Mortenson’s role in building sustainable landmarks throughout the U.S.


It’s through collaborative partnerships with employers, like Denver Water and Mortenson Construction, that CWEE is able to create a job readiness program that’s aligned with the expectations of today’s employers and provide career seekers access to industries that they may not have considered before – together we’re building a stronger Colorado.

1175 Osage Street

Suite 300

Denver, CO 80204

Phone (303) 892-8444